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Green Milkweed 20 Seeds Asclepias USA Company

Green Milkweed 20 Seeds Asclepias USA Company

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Asclepias viridis, commonly known as green antelopehorn, is a species of milkweed native to the central and southern United States. Here are some key characteristics and information about Asclepias viridis:

Appearance: Green antelopehorn typically grows to a height of 1 to 2 feet. It has a distinctive appearance with slender, erect stems and lance-shaped leaves. The leaves are arranged in pairs and are typically smooth-edged.

Flowers: The flowers of Asclepias viridis are small and greenish-white, forming umbrella-like clusters at the top of the stems. The blooming period is usually in late spring to early summer. Like other milkweeds, the flowers are important for attracting pollinators, especially butterflies.

Fruit: After flowering, green antelopehorn produces elongated seed pods (follicles) that are green and slender, resembling the horns of an antelope. As the pods mature, they turn brown and split open, releasing seeds attached to silky hairs that aid in wind dispersal.

Habitat: This milkweed species is commonly found in a variety of habitats, including prairies, open fields, and along roadsides. It prefers well-drained soils and can tolerate dry conditions.

Monarch Butterfly Habitat: As with many milkweed species, Asclepias viridis is an important host plant for monarch butterfly larvae (caterpillars). Monarch butterflies lay their eggs exclusively on milkweed plants, and the larvae feed on the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: Green antelopehorn is well-adapted to drier conditions and exhibits a degree of drought tolerance. This makes it suitable for planting in areas with well-drained soil and periodic dry spells.

Gardening: Green antelopehorn can be cultivated in gardens, especially those designed to attract pollinators or support wildlife. Planting milkweeds like Asclepias viridis contributes to the conservation of monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

Conservation: Asclepias viridis, like other milkweeds, is of conservation interest due to the decline in monarch butterfly populations. Conservation efforts often involve planting native milkweed species to provide critical habitat for monarchs.

Caution: While milkweed plants are essential for monarch butterflies, it's important to note that some species can be toxic if ingested. Monarch caterpillars have adapted to tolerate the toxins, but other animals may be affected.

 

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